WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from March 11, 2021.
In a move hailed by The Washington Post as "one of the most tangible steps that the Biden administration has taken thus far to address systemic racism," United States Housing Secretary Marcia L. Fudge moved to reinstate fair housing regulations that had previously been rescinded under President Trump.
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According to a notice posted by the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday morning, President Joe Biden's administration is looking to reinstate a pair of rules created under President Barack Obama's administration aimed at combatting housing discrimination. Per the notice, the two rules, which had both been repealed under President Donald Trump, have been accepted for review.
The first rule, originally created in 2013, codifies the long-standing legal standard known as "disparate impact," which allows practices that have a disproportionately negative effect on members of legally protected groups to be challenged. The second rule, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing requirement, requires communities to seek and eliminate barriers to racial integration or risk losing federal funds.
The substance of both rules proposals will be made public within 90 days following a rule. If adopted, it would mark a significant step toward Biden overturning Trump's regulations in favor of policies created under Obama, who Biden served as Vice President under from 2008-2016.
Prior to being confirmed as Biden's HUD Secretary earlier this year, Fudge served as the U.S. representative for Ohio's 11th congressional district, which includes portions of Cuyahoga County and Summit County, from 2008-2021.